Mary Kaun-English

Following on from her many years of running workshops at Portland Studios and her various Art workshops throughout Surrey, Mary’s workshops will be conducted at her studio at Goonzoyle in Kehelland, Cornwall. This studio space offers the ability to facilitate a range of workshops specialising in ceramics, including residential and non-residential courses in Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques. The studio comprises of approximately 100square meters of studio space with a throwing wheel, gas kiln and an electric kiln. There is an upper paddock at the studio, with acres of land to use for experimental kilns. Workshops will run from Easter through October. The North Cliffs of Cornwall, overlooking the Atlantic coast, is a 5 min drive (30 min walk) away and Tehidy Woods a 20 min walk – to help with inspiration and relaxation.

Information regarding all workshops will be posted on Mary’s Artists Facebook Page when established.

'It was a pleasure to work with Mary. The students thoroughly enjoyed the ceramic sessions and were all pleased with their results. They really responded to her enthusiasm and creativity.'
Imogen Hartridge, Rosebery School

'My time spent weekly in the studio with Mary is the best therapy ever. I get to experiment with clay and my understanding of glazing and the firing process has left me wanting to learn more. Mary passed the first test that I had subconsciously set her with flying colours – she didn’t bat an eyelid when I arrived at my first class and declared I wanted to build a large jug – I was expecting to be gently persuaded to learn to walk before running – but was allowed to run; such fun.'
Gwyneth Kastell

I feel passionate about exposing both children and adults to the process of sculpture. Expressing oneself through this medium is not only therapeutic but also forces the student to observe their environment with a more inquiring mind.

Weekly Ceramic Sessions

Workshop sessions will be held on Friday mornings between 10am –and 1pm: Friday 28th April – October 2017 (extended untutored time and additional days are available upon request). Each session will cost £20 – this will include the use of a fully equipped studio instruction, all tools, use of reference material, a throwing wheel and drying/storage space. The studio is located in beautiful surroundings and has ample space to accommodate 8 students with additional space outside available during dry weather to work or have a tea/coffee break.

Clay will be available to purchase by the bag or half bag and the cost of firing your work in a large electric kiln will be split according to quantity of the work included.

Each student will be taught individually, working with hand building techniques or on the wheel, at their own pace. Alternatively if there is a particular project you have in mind, we can work together to realise that vision.

Throughout the year there will be opportunities to fire your work using alternative methods including Pit-firing, Barrel Firing, Smoke firing, Raku firing and Gas firing.

Please contact me for any additional information or make an appointment to come and look at the facilities of Goonzoyle and talk through your personal requirements.

Alternative Kilns and Firing Techniques

Smoke & Barrel Firing, Pit Firing & Raku

2017 Dates: 20/21/22 May, 2/3/4 September, 7/8/9 October

Courses are suitable for ceramic Artists, professional & hobby potters, students and teachers. Courses last three days and are held at Mary’s studio in Cornwall UK.

Accomodation: There are several reasonably priced B & B’s and hotels in the Camborne area. A list of these will be provided with your registration pack. Camping is available at Goonzoyle, providing showering and toilet facilities.

Travel: Complete Car/Train/Bus/Air travel information will be provided.

Firing materials: All ceramic pieces used, must be brought with you, made from an open bodied clay and bisque fired to a temperature between 820 – 950C. A list of materials and additional items required will be sent with your registration pack.

Cost: Each three day course costs £325. A £100 deposit will be required to secure a place on the course.

Course schedule outline: Courses run from Saturday through Monday from 10am – 5pm. A vegetarian lunch and tea/ coffee will be provided each day. Please advise us of any dietary requirements.

Day 1: The first day will begin with an overall explanation of the three firing processes to be used, how they differ, their historical context, explaining the construction of the kilns and how colour is obtained using salts and oxides for flashings of colour and sawdust and paper for black firing. Group discussion time will follow. Students will be given time to prepare their work to be pit-fired in a dug out ground pit in the afternoon. This firing will be left to burn overnight.

Day 2: The pit will be opened on the morning of the second day. The work will be returned to the studio for group discussion on the success of the different materials used in the pit firing, problem solving and aesthetics. Time will be given for students to prepare their work for the barrel and black firings scheduled for the afternoon. At the end of the day there will be an explanation of the follow days Raku firing and final preparation of the work to be used.

Day 3: A brief discussion will be conducted in the studio covering the construction and firing of the Raku kiln before the students build and fire the kilns in situ. Students will have the opportunity to observe each firing, discuss the outcomes and procedures. A recap of the courses activities, a question and answers session will be conducted before departure.

A Beginners Course to Casting Friday 7th -10th July, 2017

Carol Orwin ( has been teaching sculpture classes since 1973. During this 4 day course participants will be taught the basics of casting a simple form, in a fully equipped studio in a beautiful location.

Each course day will run from 10am – 3pm (flexible finish time) with all materials, tools, coffee/tea and a vegetarian lunch included.

Day 1- Modelling in clay a simple small piece (forms for modelling need to be simple to achieve completion of cast, i.e. not too large nor too complex, no holes through arms – standing on tip-toe etc) in the morning, laying on the first coat of rubber in the afternoon. A small plaque is ideal for this first lesson in casting. It gives you an ideal mould to practise casting into in many different materials.

Day 2 – Casting the simple form, made on Day 1, in rubber. Learning about Thixotropic additive and using a fast setting catalyst.

Day 3 – Making a two piece resin jacket

Day 4 – Splitting the jacket mould and filling in resin in the morning and emptying the mould in the afternoon.

Throughout the workshop ideas and information regarding resin casting will be discussed. Resin mould and 1 cast will be yours to take home at the end of the course.

Cost £325

Please contact me if you have any additional questions or requirements.